April 1, 2021
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Surgery Centers Will Serve More Obese Patients, Must Understand Comorbidities, Risk Factors
As more complex procedures can be performed in ambulatory surgery centers, leaders should learn about comorbidities among obese patients and the risk factors associated with performing complicated surgery on this group.
Toolkit Offers Guidelines to Surgery Centers Treating Obese Patients
The six-page trifold includes a flowchart with guidance on body mass index, sedation levels, and the importance of identifying pre-existing conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea.
Assess and Address Patients’ Risk Factors Collaboratively
A patient with pre-existing conditions and comorbidities could transform a routine surgery into something riskier. Presurgery assessments can reveal issues related to high risk for transfer, readmission, and overnight stay.
Pandemic-Era Infection Prevention Practices Should Continue
Even if the COVID-19 pandemic ends soon, surgery centers likely will need to maintain the same level of infection prevention vigilance they have practiced for more than a year.
CMS Report Confirms Need for CRNAs
Tens of thousands of nurse anesthetists helped care for critically ill patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, making certified registered nurse anesthetists among the top specialties that served Medicare patients in non-telehealth during the first few months of the pandemic.
Experts Explain How Surgery Centers Can Improve Reprocessing Procedures
Two experts discuss reprocessing surgery center equipment, including where there is room for improvement and how the COVID-19 pandemic altered procedures.
Orthopedic Excitement in 2021
It is critical to secure commitment from surgeons before investing time and money in preparing facilities for newly approved procedures. Surgeons can provide valuable input on equipment needs. Be aggressive, but be smart.